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Best Waterproof Cameras For Underwater Photography And Adventures

Here are our top recommendations for active photographers looking for waterproof tough cameras with features such as GPS and Wi-Fi.

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If you're looking for a tough, waterproof camera then you've come to the right place as the cameras on this top list are perfect for underwater photography, action adventures and for those who are into surfing, kayaking and other watersports. 

The cameras featured on this list are all waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof which makes them ideal for underwater and travel photography. They're also our highest scoring tough digital cameras that we've reviewed, so you can be assured that you're purchasing a good camera that's perfect for your next trip. If you're planning on shooting underwater, then you will want a camera with a bright lens, and good noise performance. Some also feature 4K video, for high-quality underwater video recording. You should also pay close attention to the waterproof depth of each camera as this will be important if you plan on snorkelling or spending long periods of time with the camera in the water. Image Stabilisation will help keep action footage smooth while modes specific for underwater photography will help you capture more vibrant images. 

Below you'll find cameras reviewed by ePHOTOzine as well as a few recommendations we've found over on Amazon. 

 

Olympus Tough TG-6 

Olympus Tough TG-6

The Olympus Tough TG-6 may be a fairly subtle update to the TG-5 but improves it in a number of ways, making it easier to get better results underwater, and makes the most of the impressive macro capabilities of the lens. The introduction of new accessories improves the appeal of this camera, and the previous model, too. 

Overall, the Olympus Tough TG-6 offers great image quality, impressive macro performance, as well as 4K video and high-speed shooting features.

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Richo WG-70 

RICOH WG-70

 

The WG-70 is waterproof down to depths of 14 meters, shockproof against a fall from a height of 1.6 meters, and freeze-proof against temperatures as low as -10°C. The WG-70 feature a 5x optical zoom lens, a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, a top sensitivity of ISO 6400, Full HD movie recording at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, 2.7-inch LCD monitor where brightness levels can be adjusted instantly when working outdoors, 16 scene modes and 12 digital filters. The WG-70 updates the WG-60

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GoPro HERO 9 Black

GoPro HERO 9 Black

 

GoPro Produce small but robust action cameras that are waterproof and feature-packed so make a good choice for those who are into adventure sports. it's waterproof down to 10m without housing and shoots 5K video. We've not put the HERO 9 Black through its paces but we have reviewed other GoPro cameras such as the GoPro HERO 6 and GoPRO HERO.

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Panasonic Lumix FT7

Panasonic Lumix FT7 Blue Hands On (1) (Custom)

The Panasonic Lumix FT7 features a 20mp BSI-CMOS sensor, a wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom lens, 4K video recording, and is waterproof down to 31m. It's also shockproof from the height of 2m. It's also unique in offering an electronic viewfinder, for when it's too bright to use the screen. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to remotely control the camera, and transfer images. (Known as the TS7 in the USA)

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Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon Coolpix W300 Underwater

 

The Nikon Coolpix W300 features 4K video, and similar to the AW130, it is waterproof to 30m, shockproof to 2.1m and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a 16-megapixel sensor, an internal 5x optical zoom lens and WiFi / Bluetooth are built-in. The W300 is available in black, orange, camouflage and yellow.

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Nikon Coolpix AW130

Nikon Coolpix AW130 (3)

 

The Nikon Coolpix AW130, with built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC, is waterproof to 30 metres, shockproof to 2.1 metres, and features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens. The AW130 is available in a number of different colours. 

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One For The Kids: DROGRACE Kids Action Camera

DROGRACE Kids Action Camera

 

This is a tough camera for kids that can be used in pools or the sea to depths of 30m. It comes with free accessories and can shoot images with up to 2592x1944 resolution and HD video.

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Other Travel Camera Options 

If you want something smaller, you might want to look at the Best Action Cameras. You'll also need a memory card for your camera, so why not have a look at our memory card guide? Do take a look at our 'Best Gear' section, too, where you'll find more top lists like this one. 

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Photographs taken using the Olympus Tough TG-6

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aksoyk 6 Turkey
31 May 2017 4:30PM
Well, I own a FujiFilm XP90.
Although it is listed in the 8-th rank, it is really a good value for its performance / price ratio.
It does not deliver photos like 70D, 7D or 6D, but they are quite acceptable and satisfactory in quality.
I can recommend XP90 for a budget underwater camera option.
Meanwhile FujiFilm announced a new version for XP-series: XP120. You would better check that one if you intend to buy an XP-series underwater camera.

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